Last from the Quilt Blog: Where next?


As the project draws to an end, Lucy and I thought it would be apt if we wrote the last blog post with details of where you can see the quilts. Both will be on display at the museum until the end of December 2018. The Community Story Quilt will be on display in the Learning Centre and the Admirals’ Quilt is displayed on the cabin bed in the Admirals’ room.


If you are a quilter who has followed this blog from afar and are unable to visit the museum, then you may be pleased to hear they will be on show at the 2018 Festival of Quilts. Festival of Quilts takes place at the NEC in Birmingham from Thursday 9 to Saturday 11 August and welcomes over 20,000 visitors to see the competition quilts, curated galleries and attend creative workshops. Sue Dell, expert on the Austen quilt, will be giving two talks. Tickets can be purchased direct through the Festival of Quilts website. There will also be the chance to buy the book and a small range of quilt related items (that are usually stocked in the museum shop) at the show.


However, this does mean that the quilts won’t be on display at the museum between Monday 6 and Tuesday 14 August, although the original Austen coverlet will still be in its case for visitors to see.


We have begun to receive enquiries from quilt groups regarding talks. If your group is interested in a talk about the original Austen coverlet, then Sue Dell delivers an excellent talk that can be booked directly through the museum. If you are interested in a talk about the Community Story quilt project, the please contact one of the project team directly. The project team, Lucy and I, have now completed our work for the Museum. To discuss your talk requirements you will need to contact either of us directly at:


Elizabeth Betts, Quilt Designer, or

Lucy Bailey, Project Manager, at


The last thing to say here on the blog is a huge thank you to everyone who has been involved. It has been a wonderful project to work on and a big thank you for joining us here to follow the journey.



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